The Reading / Listening - Pollution - Level 0

Pollution is the world's biggest killer. It caused 16 per cent of all deaths in 2015. Most people died from heart disease, lung cancer and stroke. Around 92 per cent of these deaths were in poor and developing countries. Bangladesh and Somalia were most affected by pollution. Brunei and Sweden were least affected.



A researcher said pollution was linked to poverty and poor health. He said it threatens human rights. Air pollution was the biggest killer. It killed 6.5 million people in 2015. The second biggest killer was water pollution. Next, was pollution in the workplace. A scientist said: "Air pollution is reaching crisis point."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pollution - Level 1 Pollution - Level 2   or  Pollution - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41678533
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/20/study-global-pollution-worlds-biggest-killer-and-threat-survival-mankind/783321001/
  • https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pollution-killed-9-million-people-2015


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the world's biggest
  2. It caused 16 per cent of all
  3. Most people died
  4. lung
  5. Around 92 per cent
  6. poor and developing
  7. most affected
  8. least
  1. by pollution
  2. from heart disease
  3. of these deaths
  4. affected
  5. killer
  6. cancer
  7. countries
  8. deaths

Paragraph 2

  1. pollution was linked
  2. it threatens human
  3. Air pollution was
  4. It killed 6.5 million people
  5. The second biggest
  6. water
  7. pollution in the
  8. Air pollution is reaching crisis
  1. pollution
  2. in 2015
  3. point
  4. rights
  5. workplace
  6. the biggest killer
  7. killer
  8. to poverty

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pollution is the (1) ___________________. It caused 16 per cent (2) ___________________ in 2015. Most people died from heart disease, lung (3) ___________________. Around 92 per cent of these deaths (4) ___________________ and developing countries. Bangladesh and Somalia (5) ___________________ by pollution. Brunei and Sweden (6) ___________________.

A researcher said pollution was (7) ___________________ and poor health. He (8) ___________________ human rights. Air pollution was (9) ___________________. It killed 6.5 million people in 2015. The second biggest killer (10) ___________________. Next, was pollution (11) ___________________. A scientist said: "Air pollution (12) ___________________ point."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Pollutionistheworld'sbiggestkiller.Itcaused16percentofalldeathsin2
015.Mostpeoplediedfromheartdisease,lungcancerandstroke.Aroun
d92percentofthesedeathswereinpooranddevelopingcountries.Bang
ladeshandSomaliaweremostaffectedbypollution.BruneiandSweden
wereleastaffected.Aresearchersaidpollutionwaslinkedtopovertyand
poorhealth.Hesaiditthreatenshumanrights.Airpollutionwasthebigge
stkiller.Itkilled6.5millionpeoplein2015.Thesecondbiggestkillerwas
waterpollution.Next,waspollutionintheworkplace.Ascientistsaid:"Ai

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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